A Radical Mind

The genius of architect Walter Netsch

Walter Netsch on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Photo © Orlando R. Cabanban
Netsch (pictured left) is interviewed in his Chicago residence by Mertins on May 21, 2001. Photos © SOM
The U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel. Photo © William Lukes
The interior of the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel. Photo © Hedrich Blessing
The U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel. Photo © William Lukes
Left: glass strips are prepared for installation at Cadet Chapel. Right: Air Force personnel assemble on the Academy campus. Photos © SOM
Field theory lattice studies for the Miami University Art Museum in Oxford, Ohio. Images © SOM
Housing units at the Winnebago Children’s Home in Neillsville, Wisconsin. Images © SOM
The Behavioral Sciences Building at the University of Illinois campus in Chicago. Image © SOM, Photo © Orlando R. Cabanban
Field theory lattice studies. Image © SOM
Netsch’s field theory template. Image © SOM
The ginkgo leaf inspired Netsch to design a chair in its form. Photos © SOM
Field theory lattice studies for an unbuilt library at Sophia University in Tokyo. Photo and image © SOM
Mertins interviews Netsch at the architect’s residence in Chicago. Photo © SOM
Cadet Chapel, and the new Center for Character and Leadership Development at the Air Force Academy campus. Photo © Magda Biernat
The Louis Jefferson Long Library at Wells College in Aurora, New York. Photos © Louis Reens
Gordon Bunshaft (left) with Walter Netsch. Photo© SOM
Netsch gives Mertins a tour of his residence in Chicago. Photo © SOM

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